Could hardcore Tory toff Rees-Mogg really replace PM Theresa May?

Could hardcore Tory toff Rees-Mogg really replace PM Theresa May? By RT.

Could a 19th-century throwback father of six who has never changed a diaper and dresses his children in matching tailored double-breasted suits really become Britain’s next leader?
Although confined to the backbenches, eccentric Conservative Party MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is causing a stir in the Tory ranks, with some whispers suggesting he may actually have a chance of pilfering the leadership – and 10 Downing Street to boot. But who is he?

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An Old Etonian, the MP for North East Somerset has made the headlines dozens of times with his aristocratic, anachronistic demeanor and bizarre life anecdotes.

He has proclaimed himself a “man of the people,” but many of his comments belie his privileged upbringing among the highest ranks of British society.

“It was a Mercedes. A Bentley would be most unsuitable for canvassing,” is what the Tory replied when asked if he went out to fight for votes in a Bentley. …

The “young fogey” also gained the spotlight when he said: “I don’t have any casual clothing; I’ll probably just wear this suit [on holiday]. When I’m overseas, I suspect I look like Mr Bean.”

Many have compared the MP to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Both faced ridicule for flouting the petty conformities of political life, before enjoying meteoric success among grassroots activists. …

Rees-Mogg is unabashedly posh and will not refrain from flaunting his upper-class roots, but it is precisely his authenticity that has made him a contender. …

A YouGov poll last week found that for many Britons he would be second choice to succeed May as PM after Brexit secretary David Davis. …

Because of the similarities between his rise to prominence and the mass support behind Corbyn, a group of Tory activists has created a Facebook group called ‘Moggmentum,’ a play on the Labour leader’s ‘Momentum’ campaign.